September is usually a time for fresh starts, filled with anticipation and excitement for another school year. However, if you’re like us, this school year is already fraught with uncertainty and nervousness. While we can’t make things go back to how it used to be for our kids, we can at the very least bring them some comfort, security and reassurance each day. Here are a few easy and small ways to bring a smile to your kids’ faces and to keep them feeling positive at the start of the school year.
Affirmation Cards For Your Kids To Find
As parents, we want nothing more than for our kids to thrive. And sometimes they need a little guidance or a daily reminder. We love the idea of leaving these affirmation cards for your kids to find each day—in their bedroom, on their pillow, in their lunch bag. They’re a sweet, simple way to inspire confidence and self-esteem and they’re a great way to start a conversation about the importance of positivity.
$24 | joyfulheartsco.com
Lunch Containers You Can Write On
Another way to leave a note for your little ones (that they are sure to see) is to write it on their lunch containers! Sure, you could simply label what’s inside the container, but we think leaving a sweet or silly note for your kid to find as they sit down to lunch is probably the easiest way to bring a smile to their day.
Starting at $15 | dalcinistainless.ca
Googly Eyes for Kids’ Lunches
While we’re talking about lunch, why not give them a good laugh mid-way through the day? These funny toothpicks can hold a sandwich together and bring some levity to the school day. Sometimes, being silly is the best way to be positive.
$7 | amazon.ca
Cool Mail To Come Home To
Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail? A special club or a subscription box is a fun way to light up your kids’ afternoon. OwlCrate Jr., for example, has a monthly subscription box for kids ages 8-12 that includes a whole themed experience. Kids will get 4-6 goodies, a hardcover book, at least one usable item or activity to encourage creativity, imagination and exploration, plus a letter from the author and a collectible monthly sticker. Next month’s theme is “Shivers Down Your Spine” just in time for Halloween. Sounds fun!
Starting at $27.99 | owlcrate.com.
Between Mom & Me Journal
We adore the idea of this one. If you’ve got a kid who sometimes has trouble talking it all out in person, this mother-child journal is a creative way to connect. It includes thoughtful prompts, free creative space and a lot more. Kids and parents can swap stories, record memories and talk about things on their minds. From light, easy questions like “What would we do if we had the whole day together with no work of chores?” to more challenging questions like, “Do you ever feel pressured or uncomfortable about anything online?”, this journal is a low-pressure way to connect and a sweet way to record important thoughts and moments with your child.
$22, Mother and Son | amazon.ca
$22, Mother and Daughter | amazon.ca